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Fidel Castro Stays in Politics With Cuba Congress Bid, AIN Says

Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for almost half a century before handing the presidency to his brother Raul in 2008, was nominated to run for a seat in the National Assembly, state-run news agency AIN reported.

The 86-year-old former guerrilla leader will run to represent Santiago de Cuba in the Feb. 3 election, when 612 lawmakers and more than 1,200 provincial delegates will be elected, AIN reported in a story posted today on its online edition. Raul, who must be a member of the assembly to remain president, will run for the municipality of Segundo Frente.

Fidel Castro, who is already a member of the congress, has remained largely out of public view since leaving the presidency, often sparking speculation that his health is failing. He last published one of his “Reflections” columns in the state-run Granma newspaper in October, squashing talk he was ill after he failed to publicly congratulate Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez on his presidential victory that month.

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